Who are we?
Chloe Aridjis grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico, where her father Homero Aridjis founded the environmental Group of 100, comprised of Latin American artists and intellectuals. She has published three novels— Book of Clouds, Asunder, and Sea Monsters— and has been a guest curator at Tate Liverpool. In 2014 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and, more recently, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Chloe is particularly interested in issues involving animal welfare, and dreams of a world in which animals cease to be exploited.
Sharon Eckman is a multi-tasking actor/singer/writer/workshop facilitator. After winning Time Out Travel Writer of the Year, her non-fiction subsequently appeared in broadsheets and magazines on topics ranging from Namibian hunters to London science fiction fans. She was longlisted for the Fish Memoir Prize 2015 and 2017, shortlisted for Words & Women Prose competition 2016 and the Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship Scheme in 2017. Short fiction has appeared in Shooter Lit, Words & Women: 3, 100 Voices: An Anthology, 100 Voices for 100 Years and New Flash Fiction Review. She is currently working on a novel.
Paul Ewen was born and raised in New Zealand. He now lives in London, and is an active member of XR Southwark. His first book, London Pub Reviews, was called “a cross between Blade Runner and Coronation Street” (Waterstones). He is the author of two Francis Plug novels (Galley Beggar Press), which have picked up Society of Author prizes, been shortlisted for the Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. British comedian Stewart Lee has called Francis Plug “the only writer that matters.” (Photo: Nik Strangelove)
Liz Jensen’s first work of eco-fiction was Ark Baby (1998), a comic romp about evolution, while her two most recent thrillers, The Rapture (2010) and The Uninvited (2012), are inspired by the climate emergency. Liz has lived in Copenhagen since 2013 but travels regularly to Britain by train for XR and other work. She loves good jokes and high-quality fake meat. Ply her with any one of these and she is yours.
Toby Litt is the author of short stories, novels, comics and a memoir. His most recent project is A Writer’s Diary (daily on Substack and to be published by Galley Beggar 2023). When he is not writing, he likes to read, play guitar and do nothing. He teaches Creative Writing at Birkbeck College.
Alex Lockwood is an environmental writer and justice activist based in Newcastle. His 2016 memoir The Pig in Thin Air (Lantern Books) explores the relationship between climate change and the food we eat, while his 2019 novel The Chernobyl Privileges (Roundfire) tackles the crises of nuclear disaster and was shortlisted for the Rubery Prize for indie published writing. Alex has written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Millions, and others. He is currently working on a commission from the Vegan Society to write a report on the need for a secure, sovereign and sustainable plant-based food system for the UK.
James Miller is a novelist, academic and activist. He is the author of the novels Lost Boys (Little Brown 2008) and Unamerican Activities (Dodo Ink 2017) and the cli-fi novel Sunshine State (Little, Brown 2010).
Monique Roffey is a Trinidadian born writer, lecturer, activist and Buddhist. She has written and published seven books. In 2008, her brother’s home in Trinidad was destroyed in a flood. In the aftermath, she wrote Archipelago, a sea adventure story of a child, man and dog who set sail from Port of Spain to the Galapagos, in the wake of an eco-catastrophe. Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature. Trinidad still faces bad flooding, yearly. Her latest novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, was winner of the Costa 2020 Book of the Year Prize.
Jessie Tomlinson is the newest addition to the Writers Rebel team. She is a young activist, writer and prospective literature student. She got involved in campaigning for the climate at a young age and cares deeply about the impact of climate change on children and young people.
Jessica Townsend began her career as writer-in-residence at Hampstead Theatre and won the Peggy Ramsay prize. She directed several prize-winning short films. More recently she has been juggling a feature film commission, which is now in casting to shoot next year, finishing her first novel and coordinating the Extinction Rebellion podcast.
Cath Drake has been a passionate environmental writer all her life, including an award-winning environmental broadcaster and journalist in her native Australia for a decade and a tutor in environmental science. Phillip Gross describes her 2020 poetry collection The Shaking City as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times’.
Kelly Hill is an experienced editorial & fine art photographer based in London. She grew up on the salt marshes of the Thames Estuary – an ever changing landscape that inspired a desire to roam. Kelly spent four years in Asia writing and photographing for Channel 4, South China Morning Post, RTHK & the Body Shop before returning to London to work on multimedia projects and exhibitions with Imagination, One World Online & Exploration Architecture. Her photography was short-listed for the Terry O’Neill Award and has been exhibited at Flowers Gallery East, Modern Art Oxford and MODA Atlanta.
Amber Massie-Blomfield is an arts producer and author of nonfiction. Her first book, Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die (Penned in the Margins, 2018), won the Society of Authors Michael Meyer Award & Gladstone’s Library’s Politics-in-Residence Award, and was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Acts of Resistance, will explore the role of the arts as a means of political resistance. In 2020 she was writer-in-residence at Art House Jersey, researching artist Claude Cahun.
Beth Pitts is the author of the Moon Guide to Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands (2019), the first international guidebook on Ecuador with a focus on ethical travel. She has been working with indigenous communities in Ecuador since 2013, especially those defending their territories from extractivism. Her particular focus is the struggle against oil exploitation in the Amazon. Beth loves to paint, garden, and occasionally tear it up on the dancefloor.
Roc Sandford is a farmer, writer and environmentalist who has been involved with XR since before it started.
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